Weber Grill Restaurant: The Thrill of the Grill

Weber Grill Restaurant: The Thrill of the Grill
The charcoal grills are located inside the Weber Grill Restaurant. Photo: Niki Walsh

If you’re a fan of grilled food, the Weber Grill restaurant makes it oh, so easy to enjoy the real thing year-round.

Not say’n that grilling season is over for the year as I’ve been known to shovel a path through some pretty deep white stuff to get to my grill—but there is a simpler solution.

It’s called “The Weber Grill.”  No–not that one in your yard—the other one. The one in Wheeling, Chicago, Lombard, Schaumburg and Indianapolis.

The Weber Grill Restaurants that welcome you with soaring flames from their over-sized charcoal grills as you enter their restaurants.

Recently we attended a media preview of the Weber Grill’s Fall menu at the Chicago location (539 N State St.).  The fall menu–a seasonal cornucopia of fall flavors and colors–offers a selection of grilled meats, fish, salad and desserts.

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Sangria is a house favorite. Photo: Niki Walsh

Although, normally, we start our dining-out experience with a glass or bottle of red wine, we were encouraged to try the sangria.

It seems, sangria is a specialty of the Weber Grill with over 15,000 glasses poured monthly at their restaurants.

The restaurant’s special sangria for fall, Spiced Cider Sangria, was a combination of Angry Orchard hard cider, white wine, triple sec and simple sugar –loaded for bear with a colorful and fresh combination of apples, pears, and citrus fruits.

Not surprisingly, the Spiced Cider Sangria paired beautifully with the meal. The other fall cocktail that looked intriguing, but we didn’t try, was the Bacon N’ Eggs.  According the menu listing the drink is made-up of Brisket Infused Bourbon with Fresh Lemon Juice, Pure Maple Syrup, Egg Whites and Crispy Bacon.

The first course on the fall preview menu, the Petite Harvest Salad provides a glorious introduction to fall–consisting of mixed greens topped with a generous assortment of Gala Apples, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pecans, Red Onion, Blue Cheese, Dried Cranberries, Cornbread Croutons and White Balsamic Vinaigrette. Aside from the cornbread croutons, which were fine but not necessary, the salad was a thumbs up.

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The Petite Harvest Salad. Photo: Niki Walsh

Next, we had a choice of Weber’s Hickory BBQ Ribs & Beef Brisket, Plank Grilled Bourbon Salmon or New York Strip Steak. The Ribs and Brisket were outstanding. The fall-off-the-bone Ribs were cooked to perfection and the Slow-Smoked Brisket was melt-in your-mouth delicious. The entree was served with a creamy ramekin of Whipped Sweet Potatoes, topped with melted butter, and a side of Green Beans.  The Hickory BBQ Ribs & Brisket are pictured below:

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photo: Niki Walsh

The 14-oz. New York Strip Steak (hand-cut, aged 28 days) was tasty with perfect grill marks but a little chewy. The accompanying Parmesan Mashed Potatoes–were warm and smooth–but the Grilled Asparagus was a no-show. Instead we received more Green Beans. The New York Strip Steak is pictured below:

Photo: Niki Walsh

Photo: Niki Walsh

At that point in the menu, we were sufficiently filled, but once again, were encouraged to try a dessert–a choice of Caramel Apple Cheesecake or Spiced Pumpkin Crème brûlée. We went with the Crème brûlée–always a good choice–especially after a rich meal. The only surprise–it was missing its characteristically burnt/torched caramel topping–not sure if this was an oversight or just the way it is typically served at Weber Grill.

I would recommend the Weber Grill for a casual comfortable meal for date night, friends, an office gathering or family.  The dark wood tables, cozy deep red upholstered seating, dimmed lighting and brick walls offer a deep-woods ambiance. The open kitchen and flaming kettles in view of many dinners is delightful. There’s also a full bar and outside seating when weather permits.

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